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September 2012

Lancaster Steiner School celebrates 10th Anniversary

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 07:15: Lancaster Steiner School celebrates its 10th anniversary this October, since moving to its Lune Road site from Roeburndale in 2002. Sporting a new look, the School will be holding an Open Day on Friday 26th October, between 2 – 4.00 pm. This summer, parents and staff re-decorated the school under the supervision of parent and interior designer Heidi Bairner.

Concrete slabs stolen from Lancaster city centre

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 09:44: Police are appealing for witnesses after 30 concrete slabs worth around £500 were stolen from outside Lancaster Auction Mart. The offence took place sometime between 4.30pm on Wednesday 26th September and 7.30am the following morning.

Clairvoyant Sean Roper at the Platform

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 13:46: Clairvoyant Sean Roper will be bringing his skills as a medium to the Platform on Thursday 11th October. Widely regarded as the UK's best up-and-coming psychic, Sean is originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Sean has been a clairvoyant for around ten years and has an ever growing fan base.

Free Physics lectures at the Storey

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 13:15: The public is being invited to a series of free science lectures in Lancaster city centre from 9th October, given by physicists from Lancaster University’s world-ranking department. Entitled 'Making Waves', the series of six lectures will showcase the cutting edge research that takes place in the UK's top-rated physics department.

Robb Johnson headlines major anti-cuts concert at The Yorkie

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 13:13: This Saturday at Lancaster's Yorkshire House (Sept 29th), don't miss a night of anti cuts folk featuring Robb Johnson, Chris Butler and Jezabellezza. The Guardian describes Robb Johnson "as as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today".

Local charity wins National Diversity Award

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 08:03: Congratulations are the order of the day to Morecambe-based Disability Online, who have won a National Diversity Award for their work helping local people with issues ranging from benefits advice, appeals, hate crime and access issues.

Lancaster Arts City preps for launch

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 19:30: Chameleon Company who will bring Push to Lancaster Market Square on Friday 5th October. Photo: Brian Slater Lancaster Arts City will be launched next Friday (5th October) with the first in a series of special monthly events showcasing the variety of cultural activities on offer across the district.

Dukes nabs Nobby Clark's Broadsides photos for new exhibition

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 14:32: 20 years of the acclaimed Northern Broadsides Theatre Company is captured on camera in a new exhibition at The Dukes this October. To mark Northern Broadsides milestone and their visit to the Lancaster theatre with their production of A Government Inspector, a special photographic exhibition takes place in The Dukes gallery.

Planned council tax benefits cuts attack on 'working poor'

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 19:00: Gina DowdingLancaster Green Party co-ordinator Gina Dowding, has called for Council Tax discounts on empty and second homes to be scrapped to help make up the shortfall in Government grant reduction for Council Tax benefits.

Lancashire Police scoop prestigious diversity award

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 15:00: Lancashire Police has scooped a prestigious award which celebrates diversity in the workplace and the community. The Constabulary was presented with first prize in the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) ‘Public Sector Partner of the Year’ award during a special ceremony on Thursday 20 September.

Council launches Housing Needs survey

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 14:00: Lancaster City Council is launching a public consultation on new planning guidance for the district for new private housing. Views are being sought on the Draft Meeting Housing Needs Supplementary Planning Document. The document has been prepared to support and guide proposals for new housing so that they address the district’s housing needs.

Duo set to celebrate Neil Young at The Gillow

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 12:11: The Duo will be performing this Thursday, 27th September, in The Robert Gillow, Lancaster. Amongst other things we will present a special Harvest Festival. It's 40 years since the mighty Neil Young released the album Harvest and the band will mark this by playing half of it on Thursday.

Is 'Vertigo' really the greatest film ever made?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 12:01: Make up your own mind whether Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is the greatest film ever made when it’s screened at The Dukes cinema in Lancaster on Sunday 7th October. The Hitchcock classic has recently replaced Citizen Kane which had a 50-year reign at the top of a poll of the world’s leading film critics and directors taken every ten years by Sight and Sound magazine.

Appeal for Skerton man wanted on prison recall

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 11:44: Police are appealing for information about a Lancaster man who is wanted on prison recall. Gary Hall, 25, who is previously of Aldrens Lane in Lancaster, was sentenced to 14 months in February 2012 at Preston Crown Court for an assault which happened on Alexandra Road in Morecambe on 14th August 2011.

Appeal after 76-year-old woman robbed in Morecambe

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 11:15: Kilnbank Avenue, Morecambe. Image: Google (Updated 26/9/12): Police are appealing for information after a senior citizen was attacked and robbed as she walked home through Morecambe at the weekend. At approximately 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon (22nd September 2012) the 76-year-old lady was walking along the pathway by Kilnbank Avenue in Morecambe when she was approached from behind by two men.

Police public counters set to close, but service will be better, Lancashire Constabulary claims

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 11:07: Members of the public who need to visit a Police Station front counter to make an enquiry can look forward to a better quality of service from 1st October, according to Lancashire Constabulary. 14 front counters will close but the 24 remaining will offer more consistent opening hours and a wider range of services.

Celebrating Older People's Week

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 13:27: Local charity Age Lancashire is teaming up with students from Lancaster and Morecambe College to provide an afternoon of fun, exercise, activities and chat in Skerton, in celebration of Older People’s Week in October. "Celebrating Older People" will take place at Father’s House, Owen Road, Skerton from 1.00pm – 3.00pm on Wednesday 3rd October.

Penny Street improvement work to begin in 2013

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 09:16: Penny Street photographed in mid-2011 - but the pavements have not changed since. Improvements are on their way at last(Updated 25/9/12): Work to improve Lancaster's Penny Street will begin in 2013, the City Council has revealed.

City Council welcomes Duchy's consultation plans on Lancaster Castle's future

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 12:20: Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council have welcomed the Duchy of Lancaster's announced public consultation on plans for Lancaster Castle.

Will You Catch the Afrovibe?

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 10:30: Out of South Africa and in to Lancaster’s Dukes theatre comes a festival guaranteed to banish the autumn blues this October. Afrovibes will transform The Dukes into a little South Africa from 1st - 6th October, with the very best contemporary theatre, dance, music, film and spoken word from South Africa.

Dismay as latest CityBlock 'carbuncle' unveiled

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 17:30: Photos © John FreemanLancaster residents have expressed outrage at the design of the latest CityBlock student accommodation on Penny Street, some incredulous that the builders have cut into the original Victorian facade to place windows.

Who's won an Incredible Edible Award?

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 13:28: Get along to Scotch Quarry Park on Wyresdale Road this Saturday afternoon (Saturday 22nd September) to meet the Sustainability Partnership and find out about some of the best food growing projects from across the Lancaster District. The official opening of Scotch Quarry Park Fruity Corner is at 2.30pm, at the top end of Scotch Quarry Park, off Wyresdale Road (above Christ Church).

Evofit of man wanted in connection with indecent exposure

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 11:41: Police have issued an Evofit of a man they need to trace after he indecently exposed himself in front of school girl in Lancaster earlier this year. The offence took place close to St George’s Field at the back of the Priory Church on Priory Close around 6pm on when a man was witnessed by a 14-year-old girl standing behind a brick wall masturbating and indecently exposing himself.

Duchy's plans for Lancaster Castle move a step closer

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 15:00: (Updated 20/9/12) After a six-month study by heritage experts Malcolm Reading Consultants and workshops with key stakeholders, the Duchy of Lancaster has unveiled potential plans for Lancaster Castle have moved a step closer - and an exhibition is being organised to present them at the end of October.

Appeal after attempted fraud in ASDA Lancaster

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 11:51: Police are appealing for information after an attempted fraud at the First Choice travel agents at ASDA Lancaster. At around 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon (15th September) a man went into the First Choice Travel Shop in the ASDA store on Ovangle Road.

Grange-over-Sands opens its doors to artists with 49th Prom Art

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 08:00: A fabulous, arts and crafts focused Cumbrian event is opening its arms to all golf widows and widowers who will be driven out of the house on 30th September by the final day’s coverage of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Garstang rapist jailed for five years

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 17:30: A man who raped a woman while she lay unconscious in a bed has been jailed for five years. 63-year-old John Southwell found his 18-year-old victim drunk and unconscious outside a takeaway in Garstang on 22nd October last year. He picked the victim up and walked her back to his home in Bridge Street, where he then raped her.

Enterprise Nation comes to Morecambe

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 15:02: Enterprise Nation - a small business community of over 75,000 people for anyone starting and growing their own company - has announced the national expansion of its successful StartUp Saturday one day workshops, and one of the first will take place in Morecambe. The aim of the event later this month is to help people turn an idea into a business and become their own boss.

virtual-lancaster Map in the works - ad spaces available

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 14:07: The virtual-lancaster team is putting the finishing touches to a new 'community map' we plan to release at the end of this month as an A4 leaflet and downloadable PDF. We plan to print 5000 copies of this initially - the back features a broad introduction to the Lancaster area for newcomers and visitors alike - and have a couple of advertising spaces left.

Friends of the Triangle invite you to "Eat Cake and Have Your Say"

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 13:06: Photo: Friends of the TriangleFriends of the Triangle - a residents’ group hoping to transform a derelict piece of land into a public green space and community garden in Lancaster - are holding an ‘Eat Cake and Have Your Say’ event on Sunday 23rd September between 2 and 4.00pm, at the Aldcliffe Road Triangle (located between Aldcliffe Road and the canal, opposite the end of Regent Street) Friends...

Police seek armed Morecambe burglars

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 12:34: Police are appealing for information after two balaclava clad men armed with a metal bar burgled a house in Morecambe. The offence took place around 9.00pm on the evening of Saturday 15th September at a house on Westfield Grove. The men entered the address through an insecure front door while the occupant and his daughter were home.

Builders, tradesmen warned on vehicle thefts in Lancaster

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 12:25: Builders and other tradesmen are being warned not to leave valuable tools in their vans overnight following a spate of vehicle break-ins. A number of vehicles have been targeted in the Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre areas of the county, with items including Makita and De Walt top-of-the-range tools being taken.

Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner Candidates

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 01:20: Afzal Anwar, Tim Ashton and Clive GrunshawOn 15 November Lancashire will vote to elect its first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with the successful candidate announced the following day. The PCC will replace the current Lancashire Police Authority.

New Council Tax Benefit Schemes - Your Views Sought

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 23:56: Under Government plans, Council Tax Benefit is due to be abolished in April 2013 and local councils have been told to develop new localised replacement schemes. The Government has also said that it will reduce the amount of funding it gives to councils to fund their schemes by 10% - or £1.112million – in the amount it receives.

City Council on The Storey Institute - Tourist Information set to return to Centre

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 15:39: Lancaster City Council has just issued this statement about the future of the Storey Institute, confirming its future as a creative industries centre, a decision which has been welcomed by current tennants. The Storey Institute in Lancaster will continue operating as a creative industries centre. This decision was made Full Council when it met this week (12th September).

Meet the Bard Heads

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 15:16: Finding the Will are shaking up Shakespeare, giving him a modern day setting and bringing him to Arnside Educational Institute next month. Macbeth, Hamlet and Twelfth Night are three of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. In three new monologues, Bard Heads takes an up-to-date look at what might’ve happened next to some of the plays much loved characters.

Welcome to Pri-Market?

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 10:52: Award-winning retail store Primark could be heading to Lancaster, tsking over the Lancaster Market building, virtual-lancaster understands. Sources report that Allied, owners of the Lancaster Market building, are in advanced talks with the company which has nearly 160 stores in the UK and has seen rapid expansion abroad in the past three years.

Storey stays Creative

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 10:12: Lancaster's Storey will remain a creative hub, after councillors voted against redevelopment and sell off. The decision will be welcomed by current tenants, who argued it should continue to operate, offering detailed and powerful arguments in favour of the option (see news story).

Security Lancaster leading local fight against cyber crime

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 09:59: Photo: InfoLab21 Experts from academia and industry shared knowledge about how to keep UK businesses safe from cyber threats at a Cyber-Security Challenge event held at Lancaster University recently.

In Review: A Taste of Dickens - Grand Theatre

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 23:40: Michael Nunn Lancaster Theatre Productions:A Taste Of Dickens An Evening of Rehearsed Readingsto celebrate the bicentenaryof the birth of Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) Devised, written and directed by Michael Nunn performed at The Grand Theatre, Lancaster, and served with a Victorian Buffet in the Interval.

Morecambe burglary leaves wedding plans in ruins

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 17:04: Morecambe Police are appealing for information after an engaged couple’s home was burgled in Morecambe over the weekend, and the theft of a safe left their wedding plans in ruins. The stolen safe contained $3,000 US dollars, their two wedding rings and their passports.

In Review: Sue Seddon - Mrs Dickens Presents...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 14:40: Mrs Dickens Presents..

In Review: Seditius, Durge and The Fighting Keegans. ECP Promotions

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 13:34: SeditiusECP Promotions presented Seditius Durge The Fighting Keegans At the Yorkshire House, Lancaster Thursday 6 September 2012 £3 Reviewed by Reza Mills It's a miserable wet and cold Thursday evening in Lancaster. What the hell else was I going to do? Sit inside watching a bunch of idiots sitting inside a house sprouting B.S.?

Saving the Storey: The Case for a Creative Hub

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:16: Lancaster City Council meets later this week to discuss the future of a number of key sites in the City, including the Storey Creative Industries Centre - and tennants are urging it should continue to operate, offering detailed and powerful arguments in favour of the option.

Lancaster takeaway assault: man sought

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 19:44: Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in a Lancaster takeaway. At around 3.00am on Monday 27th of August, the 18 year old woman was in ‘Flames’ takeaway on Rosemary Lane in Lancaster when a male customer started to become aggressive towards other customers. When the victim challenged the man, he punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious.

Heysham Safety Day planned

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 19:13: Heysham residents will have the opportunity to find out how they can get involved in making their local community a safer place at a special event next month. Staff and volunteers from Lancashire Constabulary will be taking part in the National Personal Safety Day event at Heysham library between 3pm – 7pm on Monday 8th October.

Huge coal theft at Lancaster industrial estate

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 19:04: Police are appealing for information after two tonnes of coal was stolen from an industrial estate in Lancaster last week. At some time between the 27th and 28th of August, someone broke into the E & S Fuels unit on Lune Industrial Estate by removing some of the fencing at the rear of the compound.

In Review: NT Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 17:58: The Play: Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

Louise on the loose at The Platform

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 17:12: Up and coming singer and musician Louise Jordan performs at The Platform in Morecambe on Wednesday 19th September, as part of her Album Launch Tour. Hailed ‘a rising star’ by the Telegraph, Louise’s award winning debut album has been described as ‘a masterclass in songwriting’.

Every dog has its day at Morecambe’s Festival Market

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 12:02: Get ready to pamper your pooch in time for the annual fun dog show at Morecambe’s Festival Market. This great family event takes place on Saturday 22nd September and promises to put your favourite pets on centre stage. Registration opens at 10.00am and there are plenty of categories including best dog, waggiest tail, dog most like its owner and dog with the best smile.

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